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Celtic manager Neil Lennon handed six game ban by SFA Judicial Panel

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The Judicial Panel found Neil Lennon in breach of Rule 203, after he rushed onto the pitch at full time to confront referee Euan Norris, imposing a six match ban. A three match ban is to be served with immediate effect and the other three suspended which would come into effect if he commits any act of misconduct before the end of next season.

The Northern Irishman was also found guilty of breaching rules 68 and 71, which relate to twitter comments made by Lennon after the match, but imposed no further sanctions based on the fact that ‘he was not responsible for the posting of the actual tweet’.

However it is understood that Lennon had argued at the hearing that he did not make the comments and as the Scottish FA could not prove that he was the writer of those tweets they could not take any action.

The Celtic boss had this week stated: “I deeply regret what happened. I will be sending correspondence to the referee as an apology as well. It’s one actionable thing that I’ve done that I shouldn’t have done.

“I will go to the tribunal and hopefully get a fair hearing as I did the last time and take what’s coming. It was an instinctive reaction action born out of frustration more than anything else. I know I have to conduct myself better than that.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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